Vietnam jails activist for 14 years for livestreaming pollution march [The Guardian]

[ndlr] En RSVN, le tribunal populaire de la province de Nghe An prononce une peine de 14 ans de prison pour un activiste social de 24 ans.

Hoang Duc Binh had posted footage on Facebook of fishermen protesting following a huge chemical spill from a steel plant.

A court in central Vietnam has sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail for livestreaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant’s spill of toxins into the ocean.

Hoang Duc Binh, 34, was convicted of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state, organisation and people, and opposing officers on duty, following a trial on Tuesday by the people’s court in Nghe An province, lawyer Ha Huy Son said.

Fellow activist Nguyen Nam Phong was given two years in jail for opposing officers on duty.

During last February’s livestream on Facebook, Binh commented that the fishermen were stopped and beaten by authorities. Son said Binh told the court that he made the comments, but he denied committing a crime because what he said was true.

The court said his comments were untrue and slandered authorities.

Reuters reported that the 14-year jail term is one of the toughest sentences to have been delivered against an activist in Vietnam.

Lire la suite : The Guardian, 6/02/2018.

Illustration “à la une” : Vietnamese activist Hoang Duc Binh (centre L) standing inside the courtroom with co-accused Nguyen Nam Phong in Nghe An province. © Vietnam News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

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